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A Judge Looks Back at the Amityville Horror Murders

and Other Infamous Long Island Crimes

By Thomas M. Stark

A new book from Archway Publishing


A scorned woman, an incensed deli owner, a drunken cop, and an antisocial son. These were the most memorable murder defendants to appear before Long Island Supreme Court Justice Thomas M. Stark during his 37 years on the bench. None was more notorious than Ronald DeFeo Jr., who in 1975 was convicted of shooting six members of his family in their beds, a crime that sparked tales of hauntings later recounted in the best-selling book The Amityville Horror: A True Story. In this newly released book, Judge Stark shares the stories at four infamous trials, bringing to life tragic tales of love gone wrong, a feud turned deadly, partying gone awry, and a family killed in cold blood.

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